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Get Creative! 11 Unique Ways to Hang Curtains

Get Creative! 11 Unique Ways to Hang Curtains

Do your window treatments have a same ol’, same ol’ vibe? Are you ready to change it up? There are many different ways to hang curtains that add warmth, depth, texture and uniqueness to a room. If you’re looking for unique ways to hang curtains, you’ve come to the right place!

Check out these curtain hanging ideas and accentuate your space:

  1. Create a curtain panel bed canopy
  2. Cover closets with canvas drop cloth curtains
  3. Design a curtain headboard
  4. Make crossover curtains
  5. Put it in writing with script curtains
  6. Make funky boho scarf curtains
  7. Use tree branches as curtain rods
  8. Use rowing oars as curtain rods
  9. Make a DIY reclaimed wood rod
  10. Go industrial with an iron pipe rod
  11. Use vintage yardsticks for a unique flair

1. Create a Curtain Panel Bed Canopy

Unique Curtain Hanging Idea: Curtain Bed Canopy

Let’s start with your sanctuary — the place you begin and end each day. How could you not get a good night’s sleep in this cozy setting?

To achieve this serene space, attach curtain rod brackets directly to the wall. Then, hang your curtains and drape them on either side of the bed.

If you want it to extend draperies around the entire perimeter of the bed, use ceiling-mount curtain rod brackets and universal corner connectors to configure curtain rods directly above your bed.

Tie loose, chunky knots on all four corners with a sheer curtain or fabric. You can add soft twinkle lights to add a finishing touch to this whimsical look.

2. Cover Closets with No-Sew Canvas Drop Cloth Curtains

Unique Curtain Hanging Idea: Drop Cloth Closet Cover

Closet doors aren’t always practical. Hinged doors take up space when they’re open, and sliding doors prevent you from seeing everything inside at once.

This drop cloth curtain door alternative solves the problem and softens your bedroom environment. Canvas drop cloths are inexpensive and easy to pick up at any hardware store. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Mount a curtain rod above your closet door. Try these no-drill curtain rod brackets if you have a frame or wood trim around your closet.
  • Wash and iron your drop cloths.
  • Fold the material at the top and clip it to the rod with curtain rings.

3. Design a Curtain Headboard

Unique Curtain Hanging Idea: Curtain Headboard

A little creativity goes a long way to warm up a lackluster bedroom. This romantic, playful headboard idea is an easy DIY project with a big impact. It makes a great contrast wall that you can easily update to match your style or a seasonal theme.

Here’s how to achieve this look:

  • Mount a curtain rod at the desired height on the wall behind your bed. You may need a center support bracket if you want to extend drapes across the entire wall.
  • Hang your curtain panels. You may need several curtain panels to achieve a lush look.
    • Standard fullness: two times the bed width
    • Deluxe fullness: two and a half times the bed width
    • Maximum fullness: three times the bed width

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4. Make Crossover Curtains

Unique Curtain Idea: Crossover Curtains

Overlapping sheer curtains are graceful, put-together and classic.

To achieve this romantic look, lay two curtain panels atop each other and clip them together with curtain rings. Then connect the rings to your curtain rod.

Sweep each panel to opposite sides and secure it with your favorite curtain tiebacks for a composed yet breezy result for living rooms or bedrooms.

5. Put It In Writing With Script Curtains

Unique Curtain Ideas: Script Curtains

Have something to say? The script on these draperies adds elegance and personality. You could write poetry, an excerpt from a book, a famous speech, song lyrics or a single quote. The possibilities are endless.

There are several ways to go about this project using a fabric or permanent marker:

  • Bravely free-hand it.
  • Start with a pencil, then trace the script with a marker.
  • Write your message on a large piece of white paper. Lay transparent curtains over and trace it.
  • Use a stencil.

6. Make Funky Boho Scarf Curtains

Unique Curtain Idea: Funky Boho Scarf Curtains

Less is not more when it comes to boho curtain styles. The best part? You can’t mess them up! These vibrant boho scarf curtains instantly brighten your mood and add pizzazz to any window or door.

Gather colorful scarves or fabric scraps wherever you can find them. Tie them together to create large curtain panels and attach them to the top of your curtain rod.

Note: Tying curtains directly to the rod may make opening and closing difficult. Attaching them to curtain rings will allow easier movement.

7. Use Tree Branches as Curtain Rods

Unique Curtain Ideas: Tree Branch Rod

Tree branches are an easy way to add rustic style to any room.

Make sure you use a branch that is as straight as possible. It should be thick enough to support your curtains but thin enough to fit in your curtain rod brackets. You can also try your local craft store or flea market if you can’t find a usable branch.

8. Use Rowing Oars as Curtain Rods

Unique Curtain Ideas: Rowing Oar Rod

Feeling nautical? Rowing oars – whether new or used – are a great way to bring the outdoors in. Opt for large curtain rings for easy movement and a maritime vibe.

9. Make a DIY Reclaimed Wood Rod

Unique Curtain Ideas: DIY Reclaimed Wood Rod

This DIY alternative curtain rod idea adds character to any room.

Here’s how to create it:

  • Cut a 1×4-inch plank of wood to your desired width.
  • Evenly space and attach hooks across the board.
  • Hang tab-top curtain panels.
  • Use curtain holdbacks with the same finish as your hooks to keep curtains open.

10. Go Industrial With an Iron Pipe Rod

Unique Curtain Ideas: Pipe Curtain Rod

Why not use iron pipes as curtain rods for a modern industrial look? Shop for iron pipes and parts at your local hardware store for the full effect. Check out this DIY tutorial or buy ready-made rods to achieve this effect.

11. Use Vintage Yardsticks for a Unique Flair

Unique Curtain Ideas: Yardstick Curtain Rod

Yardsticks make interesting curtain rods for homeschool rooms or offices. In this example, eye screws are attached to the base of a yardstick to hang curtains. Using lightweight or tie-top curtains is probably best for this project.

An Easy Way to Hang Your Unique Curtains

We hope we’ve inspired you with these creative ways to hang curtains. If you’re more of a traditionalist, you may long for traditional curtain rods and brackets. But mounting traditional curtain hardware can be a real chore. You need a drill, level, stud-finder, measuring tape and endless patience.

Good news: Kwik-Hang no-drill brackets don’t require complicated labor. Plus, they won’t damage your walls. Simply align the brackets with the top corners of your window frame and tap them in. Kwik-Hang brackets hold up to 20 lbs., strong enough to support your wildest curtain hanging dreams.


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